DC Finally Selling Medical Marijuana

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Capital City Care, one of DC's new medical marijuana dispensaries, made its first sale this week.
DC has seen its first legal marijuana sale under the city's medical marijuana law, enacted in 1998 by voters but blocked by Congress for most of that time. According to The Washington Post, an HIV positive patient (identified only by his middle name, Alonzo), who suffers from insomnia and occasionally from difficulty swallowing or digesting, side-effects of his powerful antiviral medications, visited Capital City Care at 7:00pm yesterday evening.

With just nine patients qualified to date, according to DC's Dept. of Health, things are still moving slowly. But they are moving. Having lived in this area since 1995, having worked in this issue since before then, and also having helped out on the polls on that election day 15 years ago, I'm pretty happy to see this finally happen, and proud of my friends who are part of it.

The Post has a photo gallery here.

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What About Equal Protection?

Just wondering how this fits in with "equal protection."  If Congress approves medical mj in DC, how can they justify criminalizing it elsewhere.  Congress cannot make laws that only apply to certain people in certain locations.  In this country, everyone is entitled to equal protection under the law.

The pres of mex plans to

The pres of mex plans to legalize in 5 yrs

how many dispensaries are

how many dispensaries are there going to be, anyone know?

-An argument that alcohol is

-An argument that alcohol is more harmful to an individual (very debatable - I would perhaps disagree) or to society (absolutely, yes) is not necessarily an argument for the legalisation of cannabis. It is equally powerful as an argument for the further restriction of alcohol. Certainly, prohibition shows this would be problematic. However, the statistics for the involvement of alcohol in violent crime (at least for Australia) are absolutely staggering. But that's going slightly off topic. Cannabis is probably not going to cause the level of social issues that alcohol does, but it has the potential to have a significant effect on psychological health. Given that society has enough of a problem with legal drugs already, the possibility that cannabis would be subject to widespread abuse is something that needs to be considered.

The result is that people who

The result is that people who legitimately need these medications have to jump through hoops to get them (if they even can, some people just won't be able to get the meds they need any more). Meanwhile the black market continues to thrive as alternatives to prescription opiates have become more popular over the past decade since the DEA has started cracking down. So it only hurts doctors and legit patients. Criminals will always find a way to circumvent the system.

The problem with pot is that

The problem with pot is that the best pot aren't grown in america.

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